Newport, Rhode Island-based Siren Marine has partnered with Sail Newport to install its MTC Connected Boat Systems on 14 of Sail Newport’s J-22 sailboats and two support vessels. Siren Marine has donated the units to the nonprofit group.

MTC stands for Monitor|Track|Control and works with Siren Marine’s Fleet Management App. Sail Newport will be able to monitor different onboard conditions and track the location of its rental vessels for sailing instruction and special events.

“This partnership just made sense to us on many levels,” says Daniel Harper, Siren Marine CEO and founder, in a statement. “We wanted to do something positive and give back to the community; and supporting Sail Newport was a logical choice. Our organisations share a passion for sailing, as well as a drive to make the sport we love more accessible and enjoyable for the public.”

MTC won the Rhode Island Business Plan competition in 2012 and following years of R&D made a successful launch of the MTC system recently. “We’ve enjoyed success by eliminating worry for boaters and ushering in the Connected Boat era,” says Harper. “The Newport community, with its rich maritime history, sailing tradition and passion for the water, has played an important role in our success.”

“Our organisation’s goal is to make sailing accessible, easy to learn and, most importantly, fun for families and people of all ages,” said Brad Read, executive director of Sail Newport, in the statement. “The ability to monitor our rental vessels and track their movement and location in real time translates to enhanced peace of mind for us, as well as the sailing public we serve. Siren Marine’s unique vessel monitoring and tracking technology is helping us create just such an atmosphere.”